[svlug] Text Editor
J C Lawrence
claw at under.engr.sgi.com
Thu Nov 5 10:17:30 PST 1998
On Wed, 4 Nov 1998 23:05:16 -0800 (PST)
George Bonser<grep at shorelink.com> wrote:
> On Wed, 4 Nov 1998, D. Dante Lorenso wrote:
>> I LOVE emacs.
> But it takes three days to download it. I think Debian emacs and
> all the bells and whistles are somewhere between 20 and 30 megs
> ... compressed. It is the first thing I delete from the debian
> installation. I am not worried about editor preference since
> emacs-like keybindings can be found in many other editors. The
> problem with emacs is that it thinks it is an OS. Who needs all
> that crap?
I don't care about keybindings since I've already pretty well
rebound my Xemacs keyboard to something very Emacs-alien. What I do
care about is that I can use the same editor for mail, for code, for
news, in text mode, on consoles, in X, remotely, locally, that I can
edit files on remote (unix or non-unix) systems without having an
editor there, that it is available for and runs under every OS I use
(Linux, Irix, Solaris, HP-UX, NetBSD, etc), and that in essence it
either does or can be made to do everything I ask an editor to do
(which is a pretty curious list in itself).
XEmacs does all that (GNU Emacs would as well, but I kinda like
XEmac's font supports). Vim, nedit, textedit etc don't match the
above requirements. No, I don't ask my editor to be an OS. I do
ask it to support *ALL* my __text__ editing requirements.
J C Lawrence Internet: claw at kanga.nu
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